Psalm 62:4
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New International Version
Surely they intend to topple me from my lofty place; they take delight in lies. With their mouths they bless, but in their hearts they curse.

New Living Translation
They plan to topple me from my high position. They delight in telling lies about me. They praise me to my face but curse me in their hearts. Interlude

English Standard Version
They only plan to thrust him down from his high position. They take pleasure in falsehood. They bless with their mouths, but inwardly they curse. Selah

New American Standard Bible
They have counseled only to thrust him down from his high position; They delight in falsehood; They bless with their mouth, But inwardly they curse. Selah.

King James Bible
They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They only plan to bring him down from his high position. They take pleasure in lying; they bless with their mouths, but they curse inwardly. Selah

International Standard Version
They plan to cast him down from his exalted position. They delight in lies; their mouth utters blessings, while their heart is cursing. Interlude

NET Bible
They spend all their time planning how to bring him down. They love to use deceit; they pronounce blessings with their mouths, but inwardly they utter curses. (Selah)

New Heart English Bible
They fully intend to throw him down from his lofty place. They delight in lies. They bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But they also thought to cast him out from his honor and they have run with lies; they bless with their mouths and they curse with their heart.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They plan to force him out of his high position. They are happy to lie. They bless with their mouths, but in their hearts they curse. [Selah]

JPS Tanakh 1917
They only devise to thrust him down from his height, delighting in lies; They bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah

New American Standard 1977
They have counseled only to thrust him down from his high position;
            They delight in falsehood;
            They bless with their mouth,
            But inwardly they curse. Selah.

Jubilee Bible 2000
They only consult to cast him down from his greatness; they delight in lies; they bless with their mouth, but they curse in their inward parts. Selah.

King James 2000 Bible
They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.

American King James Version
They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.

American Standard Version
They only consult to thrust him down from his dignity; They delight in lies; They bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah

Douay-Rheims Bible
But they have thought to cast away my price; I ran in thirst: they blessed with their mouth, but cursed with their heart.

Darby Bible Translation
They only consult to thrust [him] down from his excellency; they delight in lies; they bless with their mouth, but in their inward part they curse. Selah.

English Revised Version
They only consult to thrust him down from his excellency; they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah

Webster's Bible Translation
They only consult to cast him down from his excellence: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.

World English Bible
They fully intend to throw him down from his lofty place. They delight in lies. They bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.

Young's Literal Translation
Only -- from his excellency They have consulted to drive away, They enjoy a lie, with their mouth they bless, And with their heart revile. Selah.
Study Bible
My Soul Rests in God Alone
3How long will you assail a man, That you may murder him, all of you, Like a leaning wall, like a tottering fence? 4They have counseled only to thrust him down from his high position; They delight in falsehood; They bless with their mouth, But inwardly they curse. Selah. 5My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him.…
Cross References
Psalm 4:2
O sons of men, how long will my honor become a reproach? How long will you love what is worthless and aim at deception? Selah.

Psalm 28:3
Do not drag me away with the wicked And with those who work iniquity, Who speak peace with their neighbors, While evil is in their hearts.

Psalm 31:13
For I have heard the slander of many, Terror is on every side; While they took counsel together against me, They schemed to take away my life.

Psalm 41:6
And when he comes to see me, he speaks falsehood; His heart gathers wickedness to itself; When he goes outside, he tells it.

Psalm 55:21
His speech was smoother than butter, But his heart was war; His words were softer than oil, Yet they were drawn swords.

Isaiah 30:13
Therefore this iniquity will be to you Like a breach about to fall, A bulge in a high wall, Whose collapse comes suddenly in an instant,

Daniel 6:7
"All the commissioners of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the high officials and the governors have consulted together that the king should establish a statute and enforce an injunction that anyone who makes a petition to any god or man besides you, O king, for thirty days, shall be cast into the lions' den.
Treasury of Scripture

They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.

consult

Psalm 2:1-3 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing…

Matthew 2:3,4,16 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and …

Matthew 22:15,23,34,35 Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle …

Matthew 26:3,4 Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the …

Matthew 27:1 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the …

John 11:47-50 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and …

Acts 4:16,17,25-28 Saying, What shall we do to these men…

delight

Psalm 52:3 You love evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. …

Psalm 119:163 I hate and abhor lying: but your law do I love.

Proverbs 6:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

Proverbs 13:5 A righteous man hates lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and comes to shame.

Hosea 7:3 They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their lies.

John 8:44 You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you …

Romans 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things …

Revelation 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and fornicators, and murderers, …

bless

Psalm 28:3 Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, …

Psalm 55:21 The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in …

Luke 20:20 And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves …

inwardly [heb.] in their inward parts

Psalm 5:9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is …

Psalm 51:6 Behold, you desire truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part …

Luke 11:39 And the Lord said to him, Now do you Pharisees make clean the outside …

Romans 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

(4) Their mouth.--Literally, his mouth. They bless each with his mouth, &c

Excellency.--Rather, height, carrying on the metaphor of preceding verse.

Verse 4. - They only consult to cast him down from his excellency; i.e. they have no other thought but this - to cast me down from my high station, while I have no other thought but to trust in God, and to look to him for support and protection (vers. 1, 2, 6). They delight in lies. Some indication of the "lies" circulated against David at this Time is given in 2 Samuel 15:3-5; 2 Samuel 16:7, 8. They bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly; literally, they bless with his mouth, which may be explained as meaning either, "They bless, each of them, with his mouth" (Kay, Cheyne), or "they Bless through the mouth of their leader " - i.e. Ahithophel (Canon Cook). They only consult to cast him down from his excellency,.... Either from the excellency of God, from his greatness, and from his height, as Kimchi; or from his grace, as the Arabic version: that is, they consulted to discourage him from looking to God, his rock and fortress, and from trusting in him; or rather, from his own excellency, from what high estate of dignity and honour he was advanced to, or designed for, namely his kingly office. Saul and his courtiers consulted how to prevent his coming to the throne, and Absalom and Ahithophel how to pull him down from it, and seize his crown and kingdom; which latter best agrees with the expression here;

they delight in lies; in making and in spreading them, in order to hurt his character, and give his subjects an ill opinion of him; and thereby alienate their affections from him, and weaken their allegiance and obedience to him; see Revelation 22:15;

they bless with their mouth: saying, God bless the king, or save the king:

but they curse inwardly; they curse the king in their hearts, and when by themselves in private, when they imagine nobody hears them; see Ecclesiastes 10:20.

Selah; on this word; see Gill on Psalm 3:2. 4. his excellency—or, elevation to which God had raised him (Ps 4:2). This they try to do by lies and duplicity (Ps 5:9).62:1-7 We are in the way both of duty and comfort, when our souls wait upon God; when we cheerfully give up ourselves, and all our affairs, to his will and wisdom; when we leave ourselves to all the ways of his providence, and patiently expect the event, with full satisfaction in his goodness. See the ground and reason of this dependence. By his grace he has supported me, and by his providence delivered me. He only can be my Rock and my salvation; creatures are nothing without him, therefore I will look above them to him. Trusting in God, the heart is fixed. If God be for us, we need not fear what man can do against us. David having put his confidence in God, foresees the overthrow of his enemies. We have found it good to wait upon the Lord, and should charge our souls to have such constant dependence upon him, as may make us always easy. If God will save my soul, I may well leave every thing else to his disposal, knowing all shall turn to my salvation. And as David's faith in God advances to an unshaken stedfastness, so his joy in God improves into a holy triumph. Meditation and prayer are blessed means of strengthening faith and hope.
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